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Setting Up a Language Lab at School

Setting Up a Language Lab at School

For years, parents at our school have fought to have a French immersion program.  While the funding was not there at the start, the community came together, and through many fundraisers, were able to get the funds to make the program happen.

This year was the first year that the school has started to offer classes in French, and the response has been very positive.  In order to make the program easier for the kids, we have decided to setup a language lab in the school.  It was up to the parents to come up with the equipment needed to make it happen – the school only had enough money for the programming.

So, we held a number of steak nights to make enough money to buy the audio equipment and bulk headphones that we needed.  In fact, we had money left over after all the equipment was purchased thanks to the good deal that gave us on the headphones – we paid less than half of what any other local company would offer us.

It is definitely good to see the school working with the parents to provide better learning opportunities for the kids in our community.  I know that this will be the first of many such partnerships in our area.

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October 4, 20150 comments
Protecting my Identity

Protecting my Identity

While I have always been careful with my personal information and been good at keeping tabs on my wallet, three of my friends in the last six months have had issues where their identities have been stolen.

And for all of them, their lives became a big nightmare that was a mess to fix.

I never want to have to deal with anything like that in my life – so I decided to be proactive about it and started to look into services that provided some kind of protection from identity theft.

Ten years ago you didn’t need to worry about these things, but it seems like there is a new story just about every day about a breach in security for another corporation, bank or even government.  It is just so important to ensure that your personal information stays safe, and if something should happen, someone has your back.

My friends that had their identities stolen all started using LifeLock.  It is one of the major identity theft protection firms out there, and since they usual have a Lifelock promo code available, it is one of the most inexpensive services out there.

So far I am very happy with their service, and I really feel that my identity is protected and safe.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to protect your identity, you can find the most current promo codes on the same site I used:

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Getting Tickets to AC/DC at the Last Minute

Getting Tickets to AC/DC at the Last Minute

I have never been very good at planning ahead.  It certainly wasn’t because of my parents as they were some of the most predictable people that I have ever met.  I always saw it as a quirk, and for many things, it has meant that I have missed some amazing moments, concerts and events in my life.

But at the start of this year, I decided to do something about it.  I figured that I could find away around my inability to plan ahead, because I knew that there were others out there around the world just like me.

I just had to find the website that would help me out.

Everything came together for me when I was looking for tickets for an AC/DC concert.  Like always, I had not planned ahead and bought tickets for the event – instead I just left everything down to the wire, just hours before the concert.

I didn’t know how I was going to get tickets.

But a good friend of mine suggest that I try a ticket broker that he used,  On a whim, I gave it a try.

It was the best decision I could have made.

I was able to get some tickets to the concert (at the last minute), and I was surprised that it was so easy.

Where had this site been all of my life?

Now, I don’t worry about being able to get tickets to concerts or sporting events as I know that I will be able to find them at Best Available Tickets.  You can find tickets for just about everything too – just head on over to now.

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Building Robots with my Son

Building Robots with my Son

One of the things that I have tried to do as my children have grown up is do activities with them one-on-one.  I see spending this quality time with them as a means to get to know them better and really form a better relationship with my kids.

Since I have been fascinated with computers and robotics, I thought it would be a good opportunity for my son and I to bond and learn something at the same time.

While we didn’t know anything about building robots, I knew there had to be resources online that would help us out.

After a bit of searching, we discovered, a website that was geared for people of all skill levels that were looking at building mechatronic based systems like robots.

Which is exactly what we were looking for.

What I loved about their site is that they have a tool, the MDP, that allows you to choose the components that you want to use together, and the tool will suggest what other parts you will need to make your creation work.  This is especially important when you are starting out, and ensures that you won’t be missing anything before you start working on your project.

I think building robots with my son will be a great experience for the both of us.

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September 30, 20150 comments
Retrieving Messages from my iPhone

Retrieving Messages from my iPhone

While I would like to think that I am “older” and “more mature” than I was in my twenties, there are times that I wonder if that is indeed true.  Once every few months I seem to “slip” out of my mature character and do something stupid.

We are talking “The Hangover” kind of stupid.

Last night was one of those nights.

I was invited out to a bachelor party for my best-friend Bruce.  We have been friends for nearly thirty years, and it was fitting that I was out at his bachelor party.  I think that he was voted the most likely to never settle down in high school, but after he found Melissa, that all changed.

He was hooked.

While the party started off early at one of the pubs that we frequented regularly, things got out of control, and honestly I don’t know what we did.  I woke up this morning in a hotel room, wearing a fur coat, with my phone in-hand.

That was it.

But the one thing that I did find out that I did was delete all of the messages on my iPhone.

Every one of them.

That was not good.

Thankfully, I was able to go home and hook the phone up to my computer and run some software to perform an iPhone message recovery.  Whoever created this software is a genius as I don’t know how many times it has been able to get me out of a bind, fix my mistakes, and restore my phone to the condition it was before I did something stupid.

It has been a lifesaver.

In the future, I think that I will have to leave my iPhone home when I go out to bachelor parties – it is just safer that way.

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Watching Music Videos to Relax

Watching Music Videos to Relax

If you were to ask me what helps me to relax and unwind, I would have to say it would be music.  Music really speaks to my soul and can really change my mood no matter what kind of day that I am having.  I suppose that my love of music would be from my father who used to spend hours on end in his study listening to records.  He loved music, and therefore I do as well.

But since we grew up at different times in history, the way that I learned to appreciate music was different than him.  I grew up in the era of music videos on MTV and Much Music, and I could sit in front of the television for hours, enthralled in the music and the stories told in the music videos.

I loved them.

Now, nearly twenty years later, I still spend a lot of time watching music videos.  You can usually find me watching them over at, the internet’s biggest and most popular archive of music videos.

So, if you ever find yourself wanting to discover an entertaining music video or two, or reconnect with some music videos that you enjoyed in your youth, check out 101 Archive.  You are sure to find music that appeals to you.  Head on over to now.

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Learning How to Survive During a Disaster

Learning How to Survive During a Disaster

It seems like all I have been watching on television the last few weeks have been shows and movies dealing with surviving a disaster.  From watching San Andreas in the theater, to watching the latest incarnation of the Walking Dead, all of these shows deal with situations that could potentially cost you your life if you were in need of medical attention and had no access to qualified professionals.

I wanted to be able to have the skills I would need to ensure that I could survive a disaster without getting sick and dying.

While I did have some first aid training, it wasn’t going to be enough to let me survive a crisis.  I needed to be able to diagnose and treat as many conditions as possible without having to depend on technology.

What I needed was a real, survival medical training.

After looking for some training online, I was able to find the perfect survival medical training course that would equip me with the skills I needed to ensure that I would be able to help myself and others during a crisis.  Designed with the help of skilled third world doctors, this course allows anyone to learn the skills to provide medical aid without having to depend on technology or electricity.

And it works.

If you are like me and want to be able to ensure that you stay healthy during any kind of disaster or crisis, you need to get survival medical training from

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Improving our Customer Service with Live Chat

Improving our Customer Service with Live Chat

As a business, we are always on the lookout for ways to offer a better experience for our customers.  Over the years, this has been where our business has really stood out compared to the competition, and offering excellent customer service has really become second nature in all of our interactions with the public.

Recently, it came to our attention that customers were having issues on our website where they had a quick question before placing an order.  At the time, our method of dealing with website inquiries was through email, and we found that we were losing a number of sales because we were not answering our customer’s questions in a timely manner.

Once we understood there was a customer service issue, we decided to do something about it and improve our level of service.

HTML chat room Thankfully the solution was easy.  We added an HTML chat room to our site where we could answer any question almost instantly.

While the chat service is usually just simple text-based service, the customer also has the option to make a live call (much like you would using Skype) for those hard questions that can be better explained by talking to someone.

It really brought our customer service to a new level, and our customers loved it!

Since implementing the live chat service, our sales have increased and our customer satisfaction is at a new high.  Integrating an HTML chat room into our site was one of the best things that we could have done for our customers and our business.

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September 28, 20150 comments
Found a New Accountant

Found a New Accountant

For years we had been using the same accountant to do our books and taxes.  Much like our family doctor, we took for granted that he was older than we were and at some point would retire.

Unfortunately, that happened a lot sooner than we had thought.

So, we found ourselves in a position where we needed to find a new accountant to do the books for the business.  We didn’t pay a lot for the last one, so we were on the lookout for a cheap accountant to work with us.

While we could have looked in the phone book, we decided to take a look online instead.  We figured that it would make the most sense as we could find a service provider that offered great rates and had some good reviews online.

After a bit of searching we reached out to to get a quote on how much it would be to do our annual company accounts and our corporate tax return.  We wanted to know what we were getting into before committing to working with them.

When we received the quote we were happy to see that their prices were cheaper than what we had been paying all of these years.  It made it easy to decide to use them as our accountant from now on.

I am really looking forward to working with them.

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Watching French Television From Home

Watching French Television From Home

As many of you know, I was enrolled in French Immersion school from kindergarten to grade 12.  During that time I was immersed in the language, and while I don’t use it on a daily basis, it is part of who I am.  Over the course of the last year I decided that I wanted to take the time to use my second language before I ended up at a point where I didn’t understand it anymore.

But trying to find an opportunity to consume any kind of French content where I lived was almost impossible.  There was no French television station on our current cable package, and while I could certainly watch some programs from my computer, I really wanted to be able to sit upstairs on my couch and enjoy television.

I knew there had to be a way to do it, but I just had to figure it out.

Easy Box IP TV Sharing my problems with one of my friends, she suggested that use Easybox iptv to find the television programming that I was looking for.  Elke was from Germany, and that is the exact solution she used to watch the German television channels that she loved back home.

I decided to buy one and try it out.

Setting up the Easy box was easy – all I had to do was connect the receiver to the internet and to my television.  It wasn’t complicated at all.

As soon as I turned on the television I knew that I bought the right thing – there was so many French channels, German channels, English channels, Turkish channels, Arabic channels. And lot of sport channels like Bein Sport, Sky UK Sport.  I will have so many channels to choose from that I will have no problem becoming reacquainted with my second language, and maybe I will find another language to learn.

It was definitely worth the investment.

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September 26, 20150 comments